If nothing angers you more than a poorly organised jumble of kit, then the KitBrix KitStraps are a cool idea to help keep all your bits and pieces of clothing where they should be. However, seeing as they're nothing more than hook and loop straps – admittedly decent quality ones – asking £10 for five of them is a bit rich, seeing as you can get very similar items online for literally pennies.
- Pros: Very useful, good quality
- Cons: Very expensive for what they are
That said, the basic concept is a solid one. You can use the decently broad 3.5cm straps to wrap up clothing and anything else you fancy to keep it grouped together. It's certainly a superior solution to just throwing a few days' worth of riding clothing into a single bag and then having to jumble through it each morning. At 35.5cm long, they can wrap around a fair few things too, such as a full day's riding outfit if you squish it pretty hard.
They're also as versatile as you'd expect from a Velcro – sorry, hook and loop – strap, so if you want to use them to attach an inner tube to your bike or indeed anything else, they'll certainly do that.
That gets back to the main problem though: they do nothing over and above a normal hook and loop strap. A quick search on the web turned up a set of five similar (if slightly narrower) straps for the princely sum of 62p, which takes some beating even if the KitBrix items are decent quality and nicely branded.
A good idea for those who like to keep things organised, but hugely overpriced for what they are
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road.cc test report
Make and model: KitBrix KitStraps
Size tested: Dimensions: 3.5cm x 35.5cm | 1.3in x 13.5in
Tell us what the product is for
KitBrix says: "The KitBrix KitStraps are packed 5 to a bundle. KitBrix has used an old military technique of separating kit and equipment and created the KitBrix KitStraps. Simply insert the hook end of the strap through the buckle. Pull the hook end back over until the strap body is wrapped tightly. Perfect for expeditions where different daily kit requires separation as well as activity breaks where multiple items run risk of being packed loose in the same bag.
"No one likes messy kit. Stow your gear."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Dimensions: 3.5cm x 35.5cm | 1.3in x 13.5in
Made from velcro/hook and loop
It's a Velcro strap.
You can buy very similar straps on Amazon for much, much less.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They work well to keep things bundled and can be used for loads of other stuff too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
£10 for five Velcro straps is extremely steep.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, it's a solid idea.
Would you consider buying the product? Nope
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No, I'd suggest they look for a similar product elsewhere.
Use this box to explain your overall score
They do their job well, and they're good quality, but the price drags the score down.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: mountain biking
Jon's been riding bikes for ages and has been involved in the bike industry for most of his working life too, starting out as a Saturday boy at Harry Hall Cycles before moving into the world of media via the odd stint as a mountain bike guide. He's worked at Singletrack, headed up What Mountain Bike magazine and been tech ed at BikeRadar before arriving at the helm of road.cc's knobbly tyred sister site off-road.cc.
He mostly rides mountain bikes up and down things as fast as possible (not always that fast to be honest) but isn't averse to riding drop bar bikes either, whether that's on gravel or tarmac.
He goes all funny at the mention of rubber compounds and shim stacks.